The RMI Academy of Automotive Skills was officially opened today as the industry geared up for a new “professional standard” for the role of MOT tester.
The brand new, state-of-the-art training facility in Southam, Warwickshire, will act as a leading industry resource for MOT tester training, and in time will offer wider high quality, cost-effective automotive technical training.
RMI Director Stuart James commented, “The way MOT testers are trained is changing, with the qualification to become a National Occupational Standard (NOS).
“This will be a recognised qualification for testers, creating a professional standard for both the role and the MOT industry.
“As the UK’s leading automotive trade body, we will support all MOT stations.
“With this major change to the way MOT testers are trained, the RMI is the first off the mark to support the industry and has developed a cost effective solution.”
Courses available to at the academy, which has been set up by the RMI, will include:
• New MOT Tester Training
• New Motorcycle Tester Training
• MOT Manager Training
• ATA L3 Light Vehicle Inspection
• CPD/Annual Assessment
Today’s launch was attended by the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC, MP for Kenilworth and Southam, who officially opened the centre.
Wright said: “As the government continues its commitment to developing apprenticeships, it is extremely positive to see that the RMI has also recognised the importance of continued employee training and development, which plays a vital role within the automotive industry.
“I am delighted to have been a part of this important occasion.”